Amarinder-Mohindra reunion leaves Preneet camp baffled

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 17:26 IST

Former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s reunion with MLA Brahm Mohindra has left the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa in shock. The move has also put Amarinder’s wife Preneet Kaur in a fix.

Whereas Bajwa remained busy trying to solve the puzzle as to how these two rivals got united, the protégés of Preneet were also in shock, as no one was aware of any such move. Camp Preneet comprises of most of the baiters of Mohindra.

Preneet talking to HT admitted that she was not aware of Capt Amarinder’s move to visit Mohindra. Initially she refused to comment on the issue but later said, “it (reunion) is good for Congress and I am happy for it.”

However, an insider said that the move of Captain Amarinder has left many baffled in Preneet’s camp, which include former MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur, former improvement trust KK Sharma and district rural president and MLA Hardial Singh Kamboj. Apart from these, all the four block presidents of district congress committee (urban) are also known baiter of Mohindra and even Ved Kapoor had given a statement against Mohindra a week back.

“In fact the politics of the most Preneet’s protégé was based on the Mohindra’s opposition. They bagged plum posts in the government and the party hierarchy by exploiting this rivalry. Now that the rivalry is over, their politics comes crashing down,” said a congressman.

It is worth mentioning here that KK Sharma has twice contested as an independent against Mohindra and also led to his debacle in 1997, when he lost with a narrow margin.

When Captain Amarinder came into power in 2002, Sharma was appointed as the chairman of the cash rich Patiala improvement trust on Preneet’s insistence.

In the last one and half decade, Preneet has never allowed any member from Mohindra camp to get a high post in Congress—at district or state level body.

Now, with the reunion of Amarinder and Mohindra, the latter will get equal say in deciding the strategy of Patiala, as nearly half of municipal corporation wards fall in Patiala rural, the constituency represented by Mohindra.

“In order to have a long term relationship, Amarinder will have to share power with Mohindra at district level. And that power will come at the cost of Preneet’s camp,” admitted a leader requesting anonymity.

On being contacted about the issue, Mohindra down played the issue and said that he has forgotten the past. “I will work for the betterment of Congress in Patiala and Punjab. I will also try to uplift the moods of workers, who till date haven’t received their dues,” asserted Mohindra.

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